Catalan resources

Swedishfinngermanophile fi Suomija

Since Catalan has reach the critical mass (40 mini-stories). I thought I’d repost these catalan resources from another post (that I made) named “Regional languages resources”. I am sure that you have your own sources but I thought I’d post it anyway. Hopefully this will coax lingq staff to add Catalan more swiftly (😂😂😂).

Parla.cat

I have not tried this website but if it lives up to its description then it is the motherload of Catalan content. There is two options self-study and study with help of a tutor, the first one is completely free of charge while the other one requires a fee.

The interactive courses are divided into 4 levels each with 3 grades. Each grade corresponds to 45 hours of study.

Books

Obviously, one will not find Catalan books as readily as Spanish ones but when I googled Catalan books on Amazon, I did find a potpourri of books that don’t look all that bad. Here is a list of authors whose books can be found on Amazon. The way I found these where by just typing authors name Catalan edition.

Donna leon

Is an American writer, her magnum opus is a detective series set in Venice.

Ken Follett

Welsh author, writes historical fiction books.

John le Carré

A former MI6 and MI5 agent, writes spy novels.

Political books

There are Carles Puidgmont’s la crisi catalana and Michelle Omaba la meva història.

Miscellaneous books

Here is a mixture of different books such as historically significant books, internationally acclaimed (and

well known) works, lesser known authors and other seemingly interesting books.

Diari d'Anna Frank

Of mice and men (Catalan Edition)

Història del FC Barcelona (Base Històrica Book 126) (Catalan Edition) (rather short thought, only 159 pages)

Plató. L'home i la seva obra

Escarabats (Catalan Edition) (Nesbo)

Desmuntant Societat Civil Catalana

La noia del tren (The Girl on the Train)

La rebel·lió dels animals

La terra maleïda

Una fuig, l’altra es queda

A book by Italian author Elena Ferrante. Allegedly Time magazine called Ferrante one of the 100 most influential people in 2016.

SHERLOCK HOLMES I LA CONSPIRACIÓ DE BARCELONA

NOT a Conan Doyle book it seems to be a pastiche (sort of like fan fiction).

El cònsol de Barcelona

Won some sort of literary prize in 2019

Ensayo general de una revuelta: Las claves del proceso catalán

Grammar

For verb conjugation the best option is probably Verbix they illustrate all the tenses and moods in a very clear and precis manner.

Routledge grammar books are quite expensive but they seem to be very through.

Dictionaries

Below are a few Catalan dictionaries.

TV streaming

TV3 is the primary television channel of Catalan public broadcaster Televisió de Catalunya. They have a lot of TV shows that are available for streaming. Unfortunately, some programs have a lot of Spanish in them. There is at least one series that has about 250 episodes (at the time of writing) called Com si fos ahir.

TV3 has also some episodes of their programms on YouTube if streaming is not an option for some reason.

RTVE is a state-owned TV station, they also have a pretty good amount of programming in Catalan.

Language learning books

On Amazon you can find the following books:

Colloquial Catalan

Teach Yourself Catalan

Catalán para dummies (in Spanish)

Learning Catalan on the go: beginners introduction

At the time of writing Colloquial and TY are ridiculously expensive and TY on kindle (it was 3.71 €, when I bought it) is not available. I am not that familiar with for Dummies but it is reasonably priced and it has the look inside function. Learning Catalan on the go is more of a tourist handbook with a bit more grammar than usual.

Duolingoal threads

Almost a book worth's of detailed articles on Catalan grammar

Interviews and current events on YouTube

Jordi Basté i Gerald Pique a Fora de Serie.

Pere Escobar I Xavi Hernandez al “fora de Serie”

Marc Gasol

1-O, cas obert

Entrevista president de la Generalitat - Quim Torra: "Veig la gent determinada i ho tornarem a fer"

La vida - Inés Arrimadas: "Sóc catalana d'elecció"

Podcasts

mediats i serioses

September 11 laiku: 12:41
  • michaelgreer es Ispanija

    This is excellent.

    Cant wait to get into this content as soon as Catalan is avaliable

    Great work

    I'll be sure to share any material i find.

    September 11 laiku: 18:32
  • TheSwedishPolyglot se Švedija

    Do you have an easy method of removing the copyright so that one can read Kindle/books from Amazon on LingQ?

    September 11 laiku: 20:04
    • Swedishfinngermanophile fi Suomija

      I don't know about easy but it has been asked before on the forum. There is a drm plugin for Calibre that seems to be quite popular. If you type kindle into the search forum box at the upper right corner you'll find several post on the matter.

      September 12 laiku: 13:26
  • levmyshkin us United States

    Hey thanks for providing all these. I've always been worried that it would be a bit difficult to find content in Catalan, so I'm glad you took the time to gather all these, it will definitely help

    September 11 laiku: 20:34
    • Swedishfinngermanophile fi Suomija

      I am happy that it's helpful, it was not really that difficult. I have wanted to learn Catalan for quite some while. These are mostly resources that I have gathered over a year or so. Finding the books was the "hardest", I looked up all of the Catalan books that Amazon had and "sorted the wheat from the chaff".

      September 12 laiku: 13:22
  • jolanda ch Šveicarija

    Coordinadora d'Associacions per la llengua catalana

    http://www.cal.cat

    j:-)

    September 16 laiku: 13:07
  • Swedishfinngermanophile fi Suomija

    In anticipation for the arrival of Catalan on Lingq I have been using Duolingo and found this thorough thread on the differences between ser and estar in Spanish and Catalan. Thought, it is in Spanish.

    October 01 laiku: 10:13
  • Swedishfinngermanophile fi Suomija

    The catalan TV company TV3 has some interviews with people from Catalunya. These seem to go under the name of "Fora de Serie. Some of them has real "handmade" subtitles in Catalan.

    Football and Basketball players might not be the most universally liked people but during the Pique interview they do touch on the subject of his relationship with Shakira and some of his "political leanings".

    I will leave the name of these interviews in the OP.

    October 06 laiku: 14:14
  • Swedishfinngermanophile fi Suomija

    Almost a book worth's of detailed articles on Catalan grammar

    October 14 laiku: 13:13
  • austinlegge us United States

    Hey Swedishfinngermanophile, I just wanted to thank you for gathering all of this content that will surely be helpful for people like me who want to learn català. I have been checking everyday on LingQ just to see if there is any new information regarding the addition of the language to LingQ. I cannot wait until I am able to start using this program for Català as I did for Spanish. It is by far the best tool to acquire new vocabulary, learning the grammar, keeping progress, and so much more.

    October 16 laiku: 16:54
  • Swedishfinngermanophile fi Suomija

    I found this podcast called “mediats i serioses on iTunes, it seems to be about TV and film history. At the time of writing they have 25 episodes, some of the series/films that are talked about are Friends, The Godfather, Game of Thrones the docus about Michael Jackson and Madeline McCain and Chernobyl.

    There are also two long videos relating to the recent events in Catalunya. These are Entrevista president de la Generalitat - Quim Torra: "Veig la gent determinada i ho tornarem a fer" and 1-O, cas obert.

    Friday laiku: 11:58
  • Gio.Lorenzo it Italija

    Friday laiku: 12:31